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West Side Neighborhood Watch

1/16/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 600 block of Crosby Street Dec. 26; the 200 block of North Hawkins Avenue Jan. 2; the 500 block of Cliffside Drive Jan. 3; the 500 block of Clearbrook Drive Jan. 8; the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard Jan. 8; the 600 block of West Market Street Jan. 8; the 1500 block of Parkgate Avenue Jan. 9; the 1700 block of Tanglewood Drive Jan. 9; the 700 block of White Pond Drive Jan. 9; the 200 block of West North Street Jan. 10; the 1200 block of Roslyn Avenue Jan. 11; the 900 block of Cordova Avenue Jan. 13; the 1600 block of Dominion Drive Jan. 13; and the 1700 block of East Waterford Court Jan. 13.

Officers were dispatched to a house in the 600 block of Crosby Street Dec. 26 after a neighbor reported he witnessed someone throw a rock through a window. When officers arrived, they saw two males inside the house, according to the police report. Refusing orders to come out, the two jumped out of a window and fled, according to the police report. The boys, a 15-year-old from Kenmore and a 17-year-old from West Akron, were both apprehended nearby. When officers returned to clear the residence, they found a loaded rifle in the room from which the males fled. Both were charged with aggravated burglary and obstructing official business.

Officers stopped a 24-year-old Kenmore man in a parking lot in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard Jan. 7. He was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found the drug and a burnt spoon in his possession. 

A 26-year-old Hyde Street man was charged with burglary Jan. 8 for allegedly breaking into a house in the 800 block of Stadelman Avenue Nov. 17.

A 30-year-old Baughman Street man was charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine Jan. 8 after he was stopped at Superior and Russell avenues for a traffic violation. He had two bags of cocaine and one bag of crack in his possession, according to the police report.

On Jan. 8, shortly before 10 p.m., a 55-year-old man reported he was attempting to buy crack cocaine for a friend in the 100 block of Burton Avenue when he was shot in the leg and robbed of his college tuition, $2,000 in cash, by two unidentified black males. The victim was transported to a hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

On Jan. 10, a West North Street man received a call from a neighbor letting him know an unknown person was leaving his house. When the man arrived home, his adult daughter said she had been sleeping on the couch when a 15- to 16-year-old male entered the home. She yelled at him to leave, and he fled, according to the police report. The neighbor reported she observed a female of the same age range flee with the male. Nothing was reported stolen.

Officers recovered cocaine and scouring pads from a 42-year-old Barberton man pulled over at South Hawkins Avenue and Diagonal Road Jan. 10, and he was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Also Jan. 10, a passenger in a vehicle pulled over at South Hawkins Avenue and Diagonal Road, a 60-year-old woman from the southeast side of Akron, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and misrepresenting identity. Officers recovered crack cocaine, crack pipes and scouring pads, and the woman lied about her identity, according to officers.

A 21-year-old Wadsworth man was charged with possession of marijuana Jan. 10 after officers stopped him at a mailing facility in the 600 block of West Exchange Street, where he picked up a package containing marijuana.

Officers observed a 37-year-old Norton man loitering in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard Jan. 11. He was charged with drug abuse after officers found him carrying oxycodone and methamphetamine, according to the police report.

Officers discovered a loaded pistol concealed in the waistband of a 33-year-old South Akron man on the property of a liquor establishment in the 2500 block of Romig Road Jan. 11 and charged the man with having weapons under disability.

A 43-year-old Bellevue Avenue was charged with carrying concealed weapons, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and having weapons while under disability Jan. 12 after he was pulled over at East Avenue and Diagonal Road. The man, who has a previous conviction for felonious assault, had a loaded handgun in the center console, according to officers.

Officers stopped a vehicle for a tinted window violation Jan. 13 in the 600 block of Grace Avenue and discovered the driver, a 22-year-old Bacon Avenue man, was driving under suspension. According to the police report, officers found trace amounts of cocaine and 40 grams of marijuana during a search, as well as a torn plastic bag, and the man was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

BATH: An employee of a Montrose clothing store was arrested Dec. 30 after he allegedly admitted taking a total of $300 from the cash register over a period of several months. He was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

The manager of a Springside Drive motel reported Dec. 30 a woman became irate regarding a discrepancy about a charge and said she would come to the business and take care of the matter. Police advised her not to come to the business or she could face criminal charges for trespassing.

Police responded to a two-car crash on the Medina Road exit ramp from Interstate 77 Dec. 30 and found one driver at the scene. He said another driver struck his vehicle and drove off. Police located the driver at a nearby restaurant, and the man admitted crashing into the victim’s vehicle, according to the report. He was arrested for driving under suspension, hit-skip and tailgating, and released with a court summons. His vehicle was towed.

Officers patrolling Medina Road Jan. 1 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation and noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver surrendered marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was charged with their possession. He was released with a court summons.

A driver stopped for running a stop sign on Yellow Creek Road at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 2 was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

Police responded to a hang-up 9-1-1 call at a Brook Bend Drive residence Jan. 3 and determined two people were involved in a verbal altercation. The parties agreed there was no physical violence.

On Jan. 3, officers responded to a two-car accident in the parking lot of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station and found a man standing beside his vehicle. He told police the driver who struck his vehicle was inside the station. Her vehicle was outside the gas station, with the engine running, and police observed an open can of beer in the cup-holder and found a case of beer outside the vehicle near the trash. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication, and when asked how much she had to drink before driving, she responded, “a lot.” She did not cooperate with officers who attempted to administer a field sobriety test and failed to provide an adequate breath sample for a BAC test at the police station. She made an obscene gesture when photographed and wrote vulgar comments when signing her charges, according to the report. She was charged with DUI, having an open container of beer in a vehicle and obstructing official business, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

The manager of a Medina Road gas station reported four people entered the station at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 3 and tried to buy beer, but none of them could produce identification and the purchase was denied. When they left the station, one female ripped a sign off the door, grabbed the nozzle of a gas hose and threw it on the ground. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the people.

Following a report of suspicious activity at a Glengary Road residence the night of Jan. 4, police observed a vehicle in the driveway and followed footprints to the rear sliding door of the residence, observed people inside and noticed an odor of marijuana in the house. Four people found inside the residence were arrested for breaking and entering and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police responded to a fight at a Montrose bar Jan. 4 and arrested a patron for disorderly conduct and criminal damaging after an employee reported the man attempted to fight with other patrons and threw a chair that damaged a glass door.

On Jan. 6, the manager of a Medina Road grocery store reported a male entered the store, loaded Red Bull and Monster energy drinks into a shopping cart, pushed it out of the store without paying and entered the passenger side of a vehicle driven by another person, who sped away.

Just before 3 a.m. Jan. 8, police stopped a driver who went north in the southbound lanes of Ghent Road and attempted to enter I-77 via an exit ramp, which would have resulted in the driver going south in the northbound lanes. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and traffic violations and released with a court summons.

The manager of a Ghent Road business reported Jan. 8 an employee’s boyfriend showed up at the business and threatened her. Police contacted the man and told him not to call or come to the business or he could face criminal charges.

A driver stopped for running a red light at the intersection of Springside Drive and Medina Road Jan. 9 was arrested for driving under suspension. A passenger in the vehicle was permitted to drive it from the scene.

COPLEY: At 4 a.m. Dec. 31, a woman went to the police station to report she was involved in a physical altercation with her ex-boyfriend at her residence on Copley Meadows Drive. Following an investigation, the male was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A vehicle abandoned at the intersection of Westmont Boulevard and Hametown Road Jan. 1 was towed from the scene after police attempted to locate the owner.

A Waycross Avenue man reported someone shot a hole in the windshield of his pickup truck. Police determined someone fired a shot as a New Year’s celebration Jan. 1 and the stray bullet went into the truck. Police found a shell casing on the passenger seat, and they are seeking the shooter.

A Milan Avenue woman reported Jan. 1 her live-in boyfriend assaulted her during an argument at her residence, and when her dog attempted to protect her, he held the dog down and bit its ears. He was arrested for domestic violence, held on two warrants from Cuyahoga County and taken to the Summit County Jail.

An employee of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported Jan. 2 he recently ended a relationship with a woman who has been sending harassing messages to his co-workers and making false allegations against him. Police contacted the female, who agreed to stop contacting the male and his co-workers.

On Jan. 3, police investigated a burglary at a Montrose West Avenue hotel where a couple reported they returned from dinner to find the door of their room had been kicked in. Nothing was stolen from the room.

Officers patrolling Copley Road at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 4 stopped an erratic driver for several traffic violations. He appeared intoxicated and was disoriented. He failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .201. He was charged with DUI and traffic violations and released with a court summons.

A Goodenough Avenue woman called police to her home Jan. 4 and stated the father of her child threw her to the floor during an argument, broke her TV and ripped off the drapes in the residence. She declined charges and medical attention and said she would pursue a restraining order.

At 6 a.m. Jan. 5, police stopped a driver who was delivering newspapers on South Cleveland-Massillon Road, arrested him for driving under suspension and took him to the Barberton Jail on a warrant.

Officers performing a security check of a Copley Road gas station in the early hours of Jan. 5 stopped a driver who was speeding, driving recklessly and tailgating an SUV. She appeared to be intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC tested .173. She was charged with DUI, reckless driving and traffic violations and released with a court summons.

Police searched the area near a Flight Memorial Drive restaurant Jan. 7 after a manager reported a man entered the restaurant, purchased two cookies and began arguing with a cashier about the change he received. When he left, the cash register was $70 short.

FAIRLAWN: A man reported he was walking his dogs on leashes in Fort Island Park Jan. 3 when a pit bull dog that was running loose attacked one of his dogs. He grabbed the dog by the collar and placed it in an enclosed area until police arrived and located the owner, a Nye Drive man. He was not home, but his girlfriend said the dog got away when she was placing it outside on a chain. The dog owner was charged with having a dangerous, vicious dog.

Police responded to a report that two small children were alone in a vehicle in the parking lot of a West Market Street discount drugstore Jan. 3. When their mother returned to the vehicle, she was unable to speak English well, but conveyed to officers that one of the children’s shoes was missing and she went back into the store to look for it. Officers instructed her to have her husband, who can write and speak English, contact them to explain the proceedings to her, according to the report. She was charged with leaving children unattended in a vehicle and released with a court summons.

Two Akron girls ages 12 and 13 were arrested for shoplifting merchandise from a mall store Jan. 3. Each girl allegedly took a necklace and concealed it in a bag one girl was carrying. They were charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Jan. 3 a man took six jackets, concealed them in a large trash bag, left the store and got into the passenger side of a vehicle, which sped out of the lot. Police stopped the driver on South Cleveland-Massillon Road, retrieved the merchandise, charged the Akron man with theft and released him with a court summons. The driver was not charged.

On Jan. 4, police responded to a report that a woman was being restrained outside a mall department store and arrived to find two security agents holding a female against the building. Police took her into custody and detained her companion, who was walking through the parking lot. Security agents said the woman concealed merchandise and left the store without paying. When the agents confronted her outside the store, she fought them and kicked one employee, causing a minor injury, according to the report. Both females had been banned from the store in April. The woman was arrested for robbery and criminal trespassing and taken to the Summit County Jail. Her companion was charged with criminal trespassing and released with a court summons. Both Akron women again were banned from the store.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported Jan. 4 that a woman concealed merchandise worth $43 in her purse, paid for grocery items that were in a shopping cart and left the store without paying for the merchandise in her purse. She was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Police arrested an Akron woman for theft Jan. 8 after she allegedly filled a shopping cart with merchandise totaling $422 and left the drugstore without paying. She was held on a larceny warrant from the Elyria Police Department and banned from the store indefinitely.

On Jan. 9, employees of a West Market Street discount department store reported a woman stole $8 in cables, and the previous day she was recorded on store surveillance footage stealing a TV and two heaters. She reportedly admitted to police she stole from the store on both occasions and provided a false identity. Police identified her and charged her with theft. She gave officers permission to go to her residence and retrieve the TV and heaters. All merchandise was returned to the store, and the Fairlawn woman was released with a court summons.

NORTON: The morning of Jan. 1, police patrolling Interstate 76 stopped an Akron man for traveling 75 mph in a 65-mph zone. He admitted drinking seven or eight beers before driving, according to the report, and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and speeding and released on bond.

Police investigated the burglary of a Wadsworth Road business Jan. 2, when the manager of a landfill reported she arrived at work to find a lock and chain had been cut and several buildings had been entered. Police requested an inventory of what had been stolen.

On Jan. 3, police were seeking three people in a dark green Chrysler LeBaron that were involved in an accident in the parking lot of a Greenwich Road grocery store. A black female who was driving the vehicle when she struck another vehicle was fleeing the parking lot after one of two white male occupants stole energy drinks from the grocery store and got into the vehicle. Officers were reviewing security video footage of the incidents. The white male had facial hair, tattoos on his hands and a scar or injury on his right eye. He was wearing a black ball cap.

Police located the owner of two dogs that entered the yard of a McGowan Road woman Jan. 3 and advised her there have been ongoing reports of her dogs running loose and entering neighbors’ yards, and if the problem continues, she will be charged.

A Weber Drive man reported Jan. 3 he discovered someone cut the lock from his work trailer and stole a miter box, stand and table saw.

Officers are seeking the persons who broke the deadbolt on the door of a Wadsworth Road car wash the night of Jan. 4 in an attempted break in and damaged a coin machine in an attempt to steal money from it.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Silver Springs Drive residence Jan. 5, when a man reported he dropped his child off at the home of his estranged wife and got into a verbal altercation with her and her mother. He said he was planning to move out the following day, and police advised him to have officers stand by to keep the peace when he returned to the residence to get his belongings.

A Columbia Woods Drive woman reported Jan. 7 she came home on two occasions to find the front door of her residence standing open. The first time, her dog was outside and a maintenance worker put it back inside. The second time, the dog, which is a 3-year-old reddish-brown miniature Doberman pinscher, was gone and has not returned. Nothing was stolen from the apartment, and the locks were changed.

Officers responded to a crash involving a car and tractor-trailer on I-76 Jan. 7 and found the driver of the car on the side of the road. He appeared to be intoxicated and said the driver of the truck caused the accident. Norton EMS transported him to a hospital, where he refused a BAC breath test, but he later provided a urine sample for a BAC test. He was charged with DUI and refusal of BAC test after having a prior conviction for DUI.

On Jan. 8, the manager of a Greenwich Road specialty store reported a male and female stole cosmetic items from the store. Police located two people who fit the description of the two and located cosmetic items in the female’s purse. She claimed she purchased them in a store in Green. The store manager scanned the items and determined they had been taken from the specialty store. Both suspects were charged with theft, and the female was also charged with driving under suspension. The male was released to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

Police are seeking the person who cut a padlock and chain link at an Eastern Road business between midnight and 6 a.m. Jan. 9, entered a building and stole copper wire.

A Grenfall Road man reported someone broke the deadbolt on the rear door to his house the night of Jan. 9. Nothing was reported missing.

RICHFIELD: Police are investigating a Dec. 24 report by a woman who lives at a Brecksville Road motel who stated a man has been paying her to engage in sexual acts with men in Cleveland on a weekly basis.

The owner of a Townsend Road residence requested that police check his residence Dec. 25 to make sure no one was in the house during his absence. Officers found his stepson sleeping in a bedroom and advised him and a friend to gather their belongings and leave the residence at the request of the owner. The two males locked the house and left the property without incident.

At 12:37 a.m. Dec. 28, police responded to a fight at a Brecksville Road bar and arrived to find four people outside in the parking lot. One man told police another man was making inappropriate comments to his girlfriend and the two males became involved in a verbal confrontation, which escalated into a shoving match. Both parties declined charges, and one man left the bar for the rest of the night.

The property manager of a Brecksville Road business reported Dec. 31 that 100 feet of copper pipes were stolen from floor-heating equipment in one of the buildings.

Police were called to a Brecksville Road gas station and truck stop Jan. 3, when a rented trailer was parked in a “no parking” area off Columbia Road, obstructing the truck exit from the business. Police attempted to locate the person who rented the trailer in California, and when they were unable to do so, they arranged for it to be towed from the scene.

On Jan. 5, officers charged a guest at a Brecksville Road hotel with sexual imposition after a 19-year-old female who was staying in the hotel room with the man and three juvenile females said he made inappropriate advances toward her. Police interviewed the victim and several witnesses before arresting the guest.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.

Editor’s note: The police reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with each community’s police departments. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the West Side Leader at 330-665-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the local police department.

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